9 to 5

9 to 5

DVD - 2006
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Three secretaries live every female worker's dream after discovering they share the same resentment towards their sexist boss.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2006]
Edition: Sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot ed. Widescreen ed.
Call Number: DVD F NINE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (109 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Anahida
Nov 10, 2017

This is an awesome 'Comedy of Errors'!
The first hour sets the stage, the place of women in a business environment in 1980; it's somewhat political as the women are angry about the inequities in the workplace.
Everything changes once they get together, party and toke up. It gets very funny after that—I mean a lot of belly laughs! — and their fantasies somehow turn real, as they get revenge on their boss.
So the second hour is hilarious with many outrageous albeit unbelievable situations which makes for a great 'Comedy of Errors', with action and adventure. The three characters are as different from one another as can be, but they unite and become great friends through these outrageous adventures, but it all works out for the best in the end.

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britprincess1ajax
Oct 14, 2016

A funny look at feminism, specifically equality in the workplace. Although a tad silly and definitely outlandish, 9 TO 5 still makes its point today. A little nostalgia makes this one great, so I'd recommend it.

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BoogerBot
May 04, 2015

I think this movie is entertaining and I like all of the lead actors in the movie.

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lukasevansherman
Apr 25, 2015

The theme song has kinda outlived the movie. I always thought that "cup of ambition" was business slang for cocaine. It's just coffee. Amusing, if dated, workplace comedy that was part of two important 80s trends in films: the business/Wall Street movie ("Wall Street," "Secret of My Success") and the women in the workplace movie ("Working Girl," "Baby Boom"). The charm of this movie, which was directed by the guy who wrote the novel "Harold and Maude," is the three women (I believe this was Dolly Parton's film debut) and Dabney Coleman as their jerk of a boss, a role similar to the one he played in "Tootsie." Also, this was one of Sterling Hayden's last roles before his death.

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booksmile
Mar 14, 2015

So good! Funny and feminist!
Parts of it are dated, but a lot of the feminism is things we still need to work on today and into the future (like more flexibility and support for working mothers, etc).

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mswrite
Oct 16, 2014

I was 22 and just starting my first adult job (at Playboy Enterprises, yet) when this movie hit the theaters. From a distance, I wasn't sure what to make of it; the reviews were decidedly mixed.

It was sharply criticized by some for its comic, slapstick treatment of issues American culture was just beginning to take seriously: institutionalized sexism and sexual harassment in the workplace--what working women everywhere used to call "life." On the other hand this was a mainstream studio film being released at the dawn of the Reagan Eighties; the gloss of comedic silliness was perhaps the only way to get the movie made.

Politics and equality issues aside you can still enjoy "9 to 5" for the marvelous chemistry between the three leads: Dolly Parton (in an impressively self-assured film debut as the smarter-than-she-appears office sex-bomb), Jane Fonda (appealing as a naive 30-something divorcee nervously entering the workforce for the first time) and Lily Tomlin (the super-competent, wise-cracking corporate survivor and single mom) as coworkers trying to survive a sexist, egotistical jerk of a boss (the reliable Dabney Coleman, who is both hilariously funny and disgustingly self-serving) and make a fairer, better life for themselves and their fellow workers.

I sure did. My favorite moments were and are the after hours dinner where the three women bond over great barbecue, mutual frustration with Coleman, and a shared doobie; and the zany hospital ride when Tomlin is convinced she has accidentally-but-maybe-on-purpose poisoned the boss ("I'm gonna get the chair! I'm gonna lose my job!" she wails.)

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garycornell
Jul 22, 2014

"Nine to Five" was released when "Women's Liberation" was just becoming a big issue throughout the country. Along comes "Nine to Five" which is about a male boss and how he treats his 3 secretaries. Dabney Coleman plays the sexist boss to the hilt. Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton are the secretaries that take matters into their own hands to run the office in a "Women Liberation Manner". It is all great fun and not that far off of what existed in the office place some 40 years ago.

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karenw32
Feb 28, 2013

Funny movie. :)

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phyllis49
Mar 19, 2012

Three female office workers combine forces to kidnap their deceitful, egotistical, and thoroughly chauvinistic boss and raise office efficiency to an all-time high during his absence.
Cast: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, Dabney Coleman, Elizabeth Wilson, Sterling Hayden. .

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